Hey everyone! We are on our backpacking adventure as we speak (one day in), but I have a fun post scheduled for you today for Friday Five. I am linking up with Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC to talk about my favorite running cities!

It’s funny, when I used to travel, I used to use every excuse in the book to NOT have to go run while I was on vacation or traveling for business, saying that I was too busy or that I didn’t know where to go. Over the past few years, I have definitely changed this mentality and now I LOVE having the opportunity to run in different cities. I feel like it’s such a great way to learn more about an area and get a glimpse of the “true” culture.

Post-run with Jesica from rUnladylike | Crazy Running Girl


Plus, it’s so fun to meet up with a lot of people that I know on social media in real life! Like this year, I was lucky enough to go for a run with Runladylike in Tampa. 

So here you go: my top 5 favorite running cities

The 5 best cities to go running | Crazy Running Girl


1. Minneapolis

Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis on a summer day | Crazy Running Girl


I was lucky enough to go to college at the University of Minnesota and start my passion for running marathons when I lived in Minneapolis, so I think these trails will always have a special place in my heart! There are SO many places to run in Minneapolis; I love being able to run along the Mississippi and across the Stone Arch Bridge. And the lakes?! Like Lake Calhoun (above) and Lake of the Isles… they are so amazing to run around. I also love how friendly runners are here — everyone has a smile on their face and says hi as you pass by. 

(just ignoring the fact that it’s below zero for a couple weeks out of the year… shhh. it’s still great besides that ;))


2. New York City



OK, so I know this one is a little cliche but after living here for 3.5 years, I LOVED running here! I lived in Brooklyn, so spent my days running around Prospect Park. My long runs would take me over the Brooklyn Bridge, and it was amazing to be able to see the Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building all at the same time. I didn’t run in it as often, but did love Central Park and also, West Side Highway! There are a ton of places in NYC where I don’t think I ran that I know other people love. 


3. Wisconsin



It’s not a city, but I do love running in my home state of Wisconsin! The weather is generally perfect for 10 months out of the year (as long as you don’t mind running in a little snow) and the weather is pretty fantastic. I also love being able to run on country roads and escape from the noise and busyness of the world for a bit. 


4. Sydney, Australia



When I went to Sydney, I knew that I had to go for a run and it was amazing! There were runners EVERYWHERE, and I remember I felt so out of shape because they were tackling these stairs in the middle of their runs like it was nothing. Some day, right? I also loved the running weather here. I have a post dedicated solely to Sydney if you want to check it out HERE


5. Austin



Well, I may be a little biased because this is where I call home right now, but there are so many great places to run in Austin. I spent my first two-ish years living in the city running the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail (or as locals call it, Town Lake). I also love running Brushy Creek and if you want a tough workout? Check out Walnut Creek or Brushy Creek. There are a ton of different places to run, but the downside is that it is REALLY hot in the summer. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you — right? 


There are a few more places I’d add to the list if I could: Seattle, Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington, D.C., Eugene, Curacao, Tampa. And! There are a lot more cities that I need to explore by foot. That’s a good excuse to keep traveling, right!? 



Where are your favorite running cities? 

Do you like to run while you are on vacation? 

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